Hello there! How is your week going? We’re back in Germany, but just for a week before we head to Italy! We will be visiting our family in Veneto, my favourite Italian region. We’ve already told you about the little hidden gem that Vicenza is (click, click) but today we wanted to share with you our fascination for Verona and its magnificent Arena.
The Arena was the place where I saw my first ballet, so I will always remember it like the most wonderful theater on Earth. I was a little girl and watching Carla Fracci performing Giselle in such a breathtaking setting changed my life forever. I know that is the moment I started loving the performing arts and, who knows? Maybe I’m a cultural manager now because of that! This year the Arena celebrates its centenary and they have put together the most amazing programme with exhibitions, multimedia projects, publications and events. The festivities will have a very special star: Giuseppe Verdi. They will stage Aida, Nabucco, La Traviata, Il Trovatore and Rigoletto, that is, Verdi at its very best. Isn’t it wonderful? Plácido Domingo will be performing both as singer and as conductor in two of these operas. I think it’s a one in a life time opportunity to enjoy the best music and one of the best stages in the world. You can buy your tickets and see the full programme here.
To complete a marvellous get away in Verona, you can have a look at the famous Juliette balcony, of course, but Verona has more to offer. (By the way, that balcony is a fake. Juliette never was there. It was a charachter, not a real person for God’s sake!) A morning stroll to visit the market in Piazza delle Erbe would be a great way to start the day. After that, you can just walk until Piazza dei Signori to admire its historic buildings (Palazzo del Comune, Palazzo del Governo, Loggia del Consiglio, Arche Scaligere and Domus Nova). Other places you should visit are Piazza Bra, with its classicist buildings, the church of San Giovanni in Valle, the Roman remains like Porta Borsari and Porta Leoni, and the numerous buildings that date from the Renaissance in the city centre.
If you get hungry, you can have the best authentic Veronese food at Trattoria Al Pompiere. And we don’t forget shopping! You will find the most famous international brands at Icona and ABT. But if you look for something charming and authentic to take home, I will recommend a pair of gloves from Fulmine del guanto (Via Catullo Valerio,3) or some gourmet local specialities from Gironda (Via Ponte di Pietra 24).
What do you think? Would you visit Verona this Summer? If you do, check this hotel!